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The Great Outdoors Reader Awards 2017

These are the Readers’ Awards. Your chance to show your appreciation for the people, places and organisations that are making a difference to your time in the hills, whether that’s a great pub, campaigner, book or retailer.

How to nominate

You can nominate here:

Nominations open on 18 August and close on 25 September. Voting will then take place online from 28 September to 9 November. Winners will be announced at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival.

The categories

1/ Walkers’ pub of the year

Name your favourite place for a post-walk pint or for quality pub grub.

2/ Walkers’ café or restaurant of the year

Can include anywhere with sit-down dining, from chippies upwards.

3/ Campaign or campaigner of the year

Those who stand up, speak out and act on the issues that matter to walkers.

4/ Outdoor personality of the year 

Could be a figurehead with a longstanding commitment to the outdoors or anyone who’s achieved something extraordinary this year. 

5/ Outdoor book of the year 

Guidebooks, memoirs and even outdoor-orientated novels are all valid.

6/ Independent retailer of the year

Retailers who operate independently, with five or fewer stores.

7/ Chain retailer of the year

Outdoor retailers with six or more outlets.

8/ Online retailer of the year

Your favourite places to buy gear, maps and books online.

9/ Outdoor clothing or equipment brand of the year 

Gear brands with consistently high-quality, good-value kit or with commendable customer service. 

And NEW for 2017:

10/ The extra mile award 

This new category recognises individuals or groups who go beyond the call of duty to make a difference – from employees who have provided exceptional customer service, to volunteers who contribute their time for the benefit of the countryside and other walkers. Feel free to share your stories to help support your nominees. 

To nominate in any of the categories above, simply click here: